Apple is calling the new iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max the “first iPhone[s] powerful enough to be called Pro”. At first glance that seems like a weird claim to make, since the iPhone 11 uses the same chip — and benchmarks indicate it has the same amount of RAM. The iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro duo differ in significant ways — most notably their displays and battery life, apart from the latter packing in an additional telephoto camera on the rear.
iPhone 11 Pro Max display, performance, and battery life: The iPhone 11 Pro Max packs a 6.5-inch 1242×2688 display, which is the same size and has the same number of pixels as the one on the iPhone XS Max, but there are a few improvements. For starters, the iPhone 11 Pro Max display has an increased peak brightness of 800 nits, compared to 625 nits on its predecessor. In fact, the display is capable of hitting even brighter levels — up to 1200 nits — when viewing HDR10 or Dolby Vision videos, or while looking at HDR photos.
Just like the iPhone 11, the iPhone 11 Pro Max also claims to offer improved Bluetooth audio streaming range thanks to Bluetooth beamforming. The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max drop 3D Touch, marking the end of Apple’s experiment with the technology.
The iPhone 11 Pro Max is IP68 rated, but it can now apparently survive at a depth of 4 metres for up to 30 minutes. Do remember that Apple’s warranty, like those of most other OEMs, does not cover liquid damage. What’s unchanged is the storage options: 64GB (Rs. 1,09,900), 256GB (Rs. 1,23,900), and 512GB (Rs. 1,41,900).
Apple is promising the “longest battery life in an iPhone” with the iPhone 11 Pro Max. The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max finally ship with fast chargers in the box. Apple has moved to a Type-C charger, which is good news for those who would like to use the bundled cable with their Type-C-only MacBooks.
iPhone 11 Pro Max software and cameras: The iPhone 11 trio ship with iOS 13 out of the box, which brings a host of new features. First up is a system-wide Dark Mode, which — when on — flips the default view from black text and controls on white backgrounds to white text on black backgrounds. All system apps support Dark Mode. iOS 13 also brings a host of other features such as the ability to plug in external drives to your iOS devices, big improvements to CarPlay, and a new feature called Sign in With Apple that’s designed to let you use third-party apps and services while limiting the amount of information you share with them. However the iPhone still uses the Lightning connector, you will need the USB adapter to use most external drives.
Siri can now speak English in an Indian accent, though it isn’t ready to start conversing in any Indian languages just yet. The camera setup on the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max is identical to that of the iPhone 11, except they feature an additional f/2.0 12-megapixel sensor paired with telephoto lens. This allows the iPhone 11 Pro duo to offer 2x optical zoom, while also utilising the telephoto lens for Portrait Mode. That’s right, with the iPhone 11 Pro duo, Portrait Mode is available on both Telephoto and Wide cameras — you can switch between the two with an easy-to-miss on-screen button that shows up at the bottom-left. In low-light conditions, the performance of the Telephoto camera is slightly worse than that of the Wide camera, but it’s appreciably better than that of the Ultra Wide. In all other aspects, the performance of the iPhone 11 Pro Max’s cameras is identical to that of the iPhone 11